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It helps if you play 2-2-2-2NT, not 3 as some sort of ‘Second Negative’.
July 11
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I pass with up to three (partner can ask if unsure), bid on with four or five aces.

That partner ‘can always tell’ is proven untrue.

We play Kickback, but that does not appear to make a principal difference, except that asking without an ace is no problem.
July 9
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It makes sense to distinguish: (1) signaling on partner’s lead from signaling at first discard; (2) meaning of a signal (attitude, count, suit preference) from method (low-high, high-low, odd-even).
July 8
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In 2011 I investigated what the (erstwhile) world top played on this very issue. I defined ‘world top’ as the pairs of the teams that made the play-offs in the 2011 world championship, open and women, 48 pairs in total, and judging by their convention cards.

Outcome: 75% attitude, 17% count, 8% other (various).
July 8
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Paul Friedman (above): “I have no idea why the naming of a 3NT opening is worth arguing about.”

Naming a convention, or naming anything whatsoever in life, is worth arguing about for the sake of proper and unambiguous communication. It is the difference between attributing the above quote to ‘Paul Friedman’ versus ‘some contributor somewhere in this thread’.

Having two (or even more) completely different conventions at times being designated as ‘Namyats’ is a bad idea and a recipe for confusion or worse.
July 5
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Passing here would show less than I have.
July 4
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I presume David was talking about two-level overcalls.
July 4
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I play a 3NT opening bid as ‘truly Namyats’, i.e., same hands as when 4/ is Namyats: strong 4/ opening. This works fine and leaves 4/ for other purposes.
July 4
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Mitchell. I posed this very same question in 2015: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/name-of-3nt-as-four-of-a-minor-preempt/
July 4
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One of the many advantages of Raptor (1NT overcall five+ minor & four major) is that an overcall in a minor virtually denies a four-card major.
July 3
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A player who picks up their cards one at a time is usually weak (occasionally intermediate, never stronger). I do not play enough chess or backgammon to know anything about giveaways there.
July 1
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Agree. Depends also on what 1 shows. As I play, 1 is often a doubleton.
June 28
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I sort my cards into suits, then look for honor combinations that add up easily, such as AQJx Kxx = 10 HCP. Then add the rest.
June 24
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I Play 1/-(overcall)-2NT as limit raise or better, but 1/-(overcall)-2NT as natural.
June 21
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4: South-African transfer to 4.
June 14
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We play 2NT-3 (Puppet)-3NT (no major)-4 as showing 5-5 majors.
June 14
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I have in my bag a ‘Muiderberg’ 2 for just this pattern: five (no more) spades and four+ of an unknown minor. But even when not playing that I would open 1, not a mini 1NT.
June 10
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3 showing ‘either’ a Choice of Games or a big heart raise will not work, as partner will not know what to do with many a hand. As I play, 3 is Choice of Games and 4 would be the big heart raise.
June 8
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I remember passing a nine-card diamond suit with short spades over partner’s 4 opening bid, because 5 would not be natural (4 made; don’t remember more details).
June 7
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Pass: for 4 to make, partner needs about three quick tricks and would have opened.
June 6
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